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Michael Weichert

Title: Michael Weichert
Inclusive Dates: 1908-1967
ID: RG 532 
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Theater director and producer, writer, lawyer, teacher. Played important role in the development of Yiddish theater in Poland between the wars.  Staged many plays with the Vilna Troupe.  Founded the Yiddish Drama School (1922), the Yiddish Repertory Theater (1929), the Yung Teater (1933). During World War II organized and presided over the Zydowska Samopomoc Spoleczna  (ZSS - Jewish Social Self-help) to provide relief to Jewish inmates in the concentration camps and to intervene on behalf of Jewish prisoners. When this organization was closed in 1942, Weichert founded, with Nazi consent, the Judische Unterstutzungstelle (JUS), which received aid from Jewish organizations abroad. The JUS eventually fell under the control of the SS which appropriated the relief funds.  After the war, Weichert was tried in Poland  but was exonerated by the court.  Born in Stare Miasto, Eastern Galicia.  Lived in Poland and in Israel where he settled in 1958.
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